• opportunities for increased professional interaction for public health physicians practicing in remote or isolated circumstances.

  • federal and state governments develop tax incentives for individuals who train and enter governmental public health.

Public health physicians are vital to maintaining and improving the health of the public. The United States has an opportunity to build a strong public health physician workforce, but to do so requires commitment to actions that will overcome current barriers. If such commitment is forthcoming, the beneficiaries will be the people of the United States.


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